Cobie Fair

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  1. This foot position thread got me thinking about hand position. For a long time didn't seem to be a big issue, but as we've delved into it, there more pieces to that puzzle too. Often we see the front brake lever in a position that is not easy to reach, either too high, or too low. Then we hear about riders not being able to roll the throttle all the way (one guy told me in the middle of a roll on he had to re-grip!). So to start out, I'd like to ask a few survey questions: 1. How many pay any attention to your had position, or is this a virtual non-issue? 2. How many have had any issues with control actions of their hands: hard to reach brake, use throttle effectively/easily (or even clutch). Let's start with that, see what we get. CF
  2. There is another physical point, more for the older guys...(I'm 56). I find that if I don't really, really stay hydrated, my neck gets tight, and just doesn't want to move. A chiropractor I like once told me that the disks dehydrate like anything else, and spinal fluid is pretty thick, about like molasses. Another reason to hydrate.
  3. Sorry, just saw this... That is a broad spectrum can move along quite nicely, and then dawdle a little on the straights and it can make a big difference in lap times. For a street rider, being 30-40 seconds off record setting pace is actually pretty decent start.
  4. In the photos above, the one with the rider down low, it was brought up that his head (and maybe a little of the torso) is not as far to the inside. I think that is where diff in lean angle comes from. As for street applicablity, I for sure don't hang off when riding on the street (w/lower body). One reason is I'm just too lazy. But...if one can take out some lean angle (use less), and in particular do it quickly if needed by getting the upper body more to the inside, this can be a good thing: water across the road, sand/dirt, or some other traction reducing issue.
  5. The guys at Catalyst Reaction are good too. CF
  6. Good photos/comparison. Wish for one more with the riders upper body to the inside and also down lower...see how that correlates to the change in CG.
  7. Yeah, it's pretty good overall pace there, long fast front straight. A staff favorite.
  8. Are most of you on our e-mail list, did you get that last e-mail?
  9. Pretty dang good list from Misti, hard to top. My kids don't ride! Kids in the city these days, things are changing. I did a career day, took one of the School S1000rr's and went to my daughter's school, rode the bike right up to the classroom, and rode it down the (exterior) hallway when I left, daughter on back. The point is, aside from entertaining myself at her school, when I asked how many rode bicycles, the majority said, blew me away. CF
  10. OK, let's see who will post what here. What is for you, your top riding moment (or a very good one). It doesn't have to be spectacular, just something you experienced riding that was memorable, and maybe a reason you keep riding. I have some things in mind, but I'll put up a very minor one: Haven't done a ton of street riding lately. My street bike was just getting dirty in the garage, I got tired of rebuilding the carbs on it (cleaning them from lack of use). So a few days ago, I did a career day at my daughter's school--it has K-12, she's a freshman. I took off from the shop, and within 2 blocks I just burst out chuckling (men don't giggle). Rode from there to her school, totally cruising, low throttle application, low rpm--and still going from 50-90, effortlessly (the whole freeway was doing 80+, I was even passed by 2 cars). Arrived at the school with a big grin. Started thinking about a street bike...
  11. Fascinating...I think we adjust a lot of levers.
  12. 1:55, that won't be for the North Course, maybe the full course.
  13. Interesting to see all this me thinking about hands...I'll start another thread on that. CF
  14. This had been touched on a while back, but I'm interested in an updated version. Rossi is the obvious. But if you are going to pick a guy, then state why, and get a specific or 2 in there. For example, while I don't agree with some of the stuff Lorenzo has done, I sure do like watching the guy ride, and I think he turns the bike amazingly so. So many turns that go all the way to his knee, full lean, in one action--impressive. Another thing, when he broke his collarbone flew home and had surgery, and came back a day or 2 later and raced...and finished 4th? Very impressive. So maybe we can expand this to not just favorite, but one you admire (and why). No limit on this as to when, what era of rider that is, can be from any time.
  15. Even in dirt riding (the little I do/have done) I end up with my feet on the balls...find it easier to stand and move around. Same on the street/road bike, find it easier to move, and don't want that inside foot a draggin...for sure at least one coach I can think of has his outside food on the arch. I also have very short legs, so it helps with anchoring.
  16. Just made some more updates to the software...
  17. There were some updates that needed doing, included some security do you like it so far?
  18. Sorry for the tardy response, been gone doing schools--and i hate typing on a phone. Hanging off too much really is a lot of work, and in many cases not worth it. What is not often understood is that the really core techniques can work so well, and are actually more important than a lot of body off the bike. Here is one sample: a few years back, senior coach following a junior coach, same bike. Rider in front had a knee down in every turn. Riding in back was sitting on top of the bike, no hang off to be seen with the lower body. A good overall body position, but also good turning skills (using less lean angle), good approach to the turn and maximizing them (in Level 3), and good throttle control, giving the bike even more ground clearance (Level 1 of course). This isn't a sales pitch, just where the skills are taught.
  19. Dang...
  20. Based on what's been happening in off season testing, how do you think'll go? How will the new guys fare? (meaning new to their bikes). Will Marquez come out and demoralize them? Rossi start strong (hard to bet against him). Lorenzo on the Duc? Vinales?
  21. Are any of you participating in this...especially the guys (this is generic Aliki) that don't live in an area where it's conducive to ride that much in the winter. Those hard-core boys up in Montana on their dirt bikes with the treads...that actually looks like ridiculous fun. "Training" is also how you look at it...a weekend in the dirt, goofing off could be another way. Or, if you are the motorcycle business, you could call it "research." So, any training going on? CF
  22. Forcefield has a chest protector too, not part of the shirt.
  23. Good list!
  24. Nice, I was at that one, pretty sure. I don't think this is the same race, pretty sure it was a few years later (but still the same track/race put on my the Yamaha dealers I think). Good job on finding this! CF
  25. One can also just lower the upper body, leave the lower in place...covered in detail in Level 3.